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CD REVIEW HARTMANN THE BEST IS YET TO COME

HARTMANN

THE BEST IS YET TO COME

2013

 

 

MELODIC MASTERCLASS

 

 

This is Melodic Rock with a passion, freshness and light that reminds you of summertime.  From opening track ‘All My Life’ to closing live duo ‘Brothers’ and ‘Music’ Hartmann’s hopefully prophetically titled ‘The Best is Yet to Come’ is a real pleasure.  

 


Kicking things off whilst ‘All My Life’ sticks to the pedal to the metal with a fast paced flurry of melody, ‘Alive Again’ that swiftly follows adds a deeper groove, taking it down just a notch and adding a slightly more soulful Foreigner type vibe. It’s a pair of songs as solid as I’ve heard all year. It’s all very good and at points it even gets batter – so what’s the catch? Only one - and you probably guessed from the title – this is a compilation of the best of Hartmann’s output from a story that started back in 2004 when Oliver released the first our four solo albums.  

 


There’s really everything here from beautiful ballads like ‘Out in The Cold’ and the soulful ‘Crying’ which is the best showcase for Hartmann’s considerable vocal prowess and has a little of Coverdale meets Rodgers in there.  There’s also Melodic Rockers of superior quality like ‘All Mt Life’ and ‘What If I’. But that is only a portion of what you get here as songs like ‘Like a River’ and the aforementioned ‘Alive Again’ have that smoother West-Coast vibe.   

 


There’s a blusey kick to ‘The Sun’s Still Rising’ that clicks with me, and ‘Don’t Give Up Your Dream’ is similarly stripped back and both songs would be up there with the best here. Add the live cover of John mile’s ‘Brothers’ and you’ve got an album of real depth.

 


So if like us, you had heard the name but not the solo music, just Hartmann’s contribution to bands – ‘At Vance’ and ‘Avantasia’  this is one of the very finest purchases you will make all year. If you love your Melodic Rock, and at sixteen tracks long it’s a bargain too.

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD REVIEW HARTMANN THE BEST IS YET TO COME 2013